In this History Happy Hour we’ll deepdive into the cryptic, and sometimes downright confounding, symbolism found at Green-Wood, and oftentimes, outside of the Cemetery. The focus on three symbols in particular—birds, skulls, and angels—will open your eyes to society’s influence on this bygone tradition.
Since the founding of The Green-Wood Historic Fund over twenty years ago, Jeff Richman, Green-Wood's historian, has been curating a massive collection of historical artifacts and ephemera—items that illuminate the stories of the Cemetery and its permanent residents. Join Jeff live in the collections storage room for a very rare opportunity to look behind the scenes at some of the most fascinating and artistic items that make up this little-known aspect of Green-Wood. You will be amazed!
How do we keep the memory of loved ones with us in the here and now? What choices do we have when memorializing them? Sometimes, a simple household object, like a piece of jewelry or clothing can possess healing power for those in mourning. At Show & Tale, each participant is invited to bring an object of their choice with the intention of honoring a loved one and to share the story behind it. No need to rehearse, some explanations may sound like, “This is my sister’s feather boa she wore in the 70's and since her death, I’ve kept it around my favorite photograph of her,” or “This is my dad’s leather belt that I’ve kept for years and somehow can’t part with it…” If you prefer not to share, you can opt just to listen in this interactive Zoom session.
There’s much we can learn from our ancestors: their triumphs, their struggles, and most importantly, how we came to be where we are. Discover the Green-Wood residents whose passions and bold actions left lasting impacts on American history. You’ll hear about abolitionist Captain John Cook, suffragettes Louisine Havemeyer and the Cary sisters; and publisher D. M. Bennett—to name a few.
It was a summer of attacks across America on people of color. Join historian Eric K. Washington, whose book, Boss of the Grips, has just been awarded a 2020 Herbert H. Lehman Prize for History, and Greg Young of the Bowery Boys, for a discussion about the Silent March of 1917. Approximately 10,000 African Americans marched down Fifth Avenue to the beat of muffled drums, without saying a word, in protest. Here's your chance, in our turbulent times, to learn about the roots of civil resistance on the streets of New York City just over a century ago.
Not all fights are won on the battleground—in fact, many are won on the streets when people band together for a common cause. Whether they stood on a crate on a street corner or in the pulpit of a church, activists have led the way for change. Learn more about the Green-Wood residents who dared to stand up and fight for liberty, including Clemence Lozier, a physician who fought to petition for women’s voting rights; Peter Cooper, who provided the ultimate venue for freedom of assembly; and others.
Much of the Battle of Brooklyn—the first (and largest) battle of the Revolutionary War fought after the signing of the Declaration of Independence—was fought across what is now Green-Wood's grounds. For years, Green-Wood has commemorated this important historic event on our grounds. Unfortunately, this year, because of the pandemic, it has been cancelled. Instead, join Barnet Schector, author of The Battle for New York, and Jeff Richman, Green-Wood's historian, for a conversation about that battle—one day before its 244th anniversary—and what happened on that long-ago day across the roads, hills, and valleys that would become The Green-Wood Cemetery.
Sadly, in the current climate, our thoughts are more fixated on death than ever, and anxieties are running high. It is highly possible that someone we know may die or lose a loved one during this trying time. The Green-Wood Cemetery will continue to hold group conversations as a way for all of us to share our thoughts and feelings on death using Zoom. Our popular “Death Café” series is an opportunity for safe and open exchanges, without an agenda.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then pull up a chair, because we have many great stories to share with you! Among Green-Wood’s permanent residents are over 400 of some of the most acclaimed artists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries: George Catlin, Currier & Ives (and Fanny Palmer), Frederick MacMonnies, and Vestie Davis, to name a few! Join Green-Wood Historian Jeff Richman and Director of Public Programming Harry Weil (who also happens to have a PhD in art history) for a discussion—and show and tell—about some of these artists and the unique collection of their work that the Cemetery has formed over the last twenty years.